[Marxism] Question on FRETECO and occupied factories in Vnz
jjonas at nic.fi
Sun Apr 26 03:08:06 MDT 2009
Last friday I attended a meeting organised by the left-leaning branches
of the Finnish Metal Workers' Union. Mostly we discussed the dominating
social-democrats' plans for a massive merger with five smaller unions, a
process which would ultimately mean abolishing the 110 year old MWU. In
addition to this, we also had a guest from Venezuela, Euler Calzadilla,
who represented FRETECO, the coordinating organisation for factories
under workers management in Vnz. He told us the broad outlines of the
developments under Chávez, and what FRETECO is and what it is doing.
During questions and answers, I asked him (through an interpreter, as
none of us spoke spanish) how many factories are under workers'
management (in the FRETECO sense, which I understood to be different
than the perhaps more widespread state 51% - workers 49% "shareholder"
model), and how many workers are within FRETECO activities and
factories. The answer was, there's 12 factories under FRETECO type
workers management, and the number of workers involved is 300. "How
many..?" i asked to confirm, and the interpreted repeated: 300.
Now, I noticed several problems with the interpreter, who clearly wasn't
familiar with either the pecualiarities of the workers' movement (e.g.
strike and lock-out were confused) or the developments in Venezuela; for
example, she confused coup d'etat (vallankaappaus) and revolution
(vallankumous), and I couldn't be sure just how she translated my
question to comrade Euler, or how she translated his answer to us.
It was my impression that FRETECO probably is not a massive
organisation; 12 factories under what I understood to be relatively
strict guidelines sounded feasible, though certainly with all the hype
about socialism in Venezuela one might be pardoned to have thought the
developments might have been more advanced. But 300 workers involved??
The factories under workers management must be very small in that case,
and it doesn't sound right. 300 sounds more like the number of workers
*deputies* that take part in FRETECO meetings (or something), and I
don't know how many workers they represent there.
Does anyone know how many workers are working in the factories under
FRETECO type workers management?
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